General spirituality

Savoring the Moment

Cherries. Wonderful, dark red cherries. Sweet, juicy, firm. Perhaps my favorite fruit. And a fruit with a very distinct season.

An apple you can get any time of year. Even a orange (whether or not that orange will be worth eating is another matter entirely, but you can get it pretty easily). But cherries only come around briefly each year (true, you can get them from various points around the world at other points in the year, but they aren’t the same, and they are far too expensive).

So, each June, I eagerly await the beginning of cherry season. I watch the progression, as the first fruit wanders up from California. Those are good…but what I’m really looking forward to is the local, Oregon, cherries. And once again, we are in cherry season.

I’m sure part of the reason I love cherries so much is that I can’t have them whenever I want. They are something that is only available occasionally. Not only are they only available ocassionally, but that occasion is not on my schedule, but rather a natural one.

I try to eat seasonally and locally, and I think that, in general, I tend to. But I also recognize that there are not that many items in my diet which are quite as profoundly seasonal as the cherries. When they are in season, I can gorge. Then, they disappear for another year.

Thinking about this led me to think about certain friends whom I see far more rarely than I would like. Ones whom I may see only once every 2 or 3 years, yet I count them among myclosest friends. And that I cherish the time I spend with them all the more because it is brief, and occasional.

And I wonder, what other experiences fall into this category? What experiences are made more special by the awareness that they are a special treat? Questions I’ll keep thinking about, but in the meantime, I’m going to go get another bowl of cherries.

WorkPlace Spirituality

Job Interviews and Spiritual Awareness

I’m having an interesting week: in my role at CubeSpace, I’m hiring and doing preliminary interviews; as a rabbi, I am being interviewed for a part time congregational position. I don’t know how common it is for someone to be sitting on both sides of the interview table during the same time period, but it’s an interesting perspective.

There are no huge revelations: I always try to be nice to people I interview, to give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s certainly not the case that I’ve ever forgotten what it’s like to be looking for work and how unsettled and desperate that can feel.

If anything, I’m a little less forgiving of interviewees who haven’t done their basic research. For instance, I have encountered the following:

  • Person who wanted to know why she should apply for a job that required her to do front desk work 10 hours a week (I haven’t a clue…you applied for the job, I didn’t go looking for you).
  • Person who, towards the end of a phone interview, asked, “What was the name of your company again?”
  • Person who wanted a “laid back environment,” where people wouldn’t be uptight about things like “showing up exactly on time.”

That said, I’ve also met some remarkable people. Some who are great, but not a great match for CubeSpace; and some who are great and will do well here (I believe).

[In the name of full disclosure, I should admit that a week has passed since I began this post, and I’ve actually hired someone in the interim, and we’re very excited about her starting.]

I, of course, am still early on in the process of my own interviews…but am enjoying the process enormously. Meeting with a committee was just a great conversation, and whether or not it results in a job, I found the experience fun and meaningful.